Leading Change

An 18-Month Development Programme for Change Agents

Happy will provide your staff with new tools, views, contacts and opportunities to develop skills for change within organisations and society.

Do you or your staff want to bring about change in society? Do you want to do it better? Are you willing to invest time to develop the skills, knowledge, confidence and contacts to increase your impact?

Happy is working with Democracy Matters and others to create a tailor-made 18-month Leading Change staff development programme for change agents.

The Apprenticeship Levy enables organisations to offer staff this unique programme to develop skills for leading change at little or no cost to you.

Here are just some of the benefits:

Learn practical skills

All areas of the programme are linked to your organisations’ priorities.

Little or no cost

The programme is funded through the Apprenticeship Levy. We can talk you through how it works and how to apply.

No age limit

Suitable for existing staff of any age and from any sector.

Earn a recognised qualification

Receive a Leadership and Management Diploma from the Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM)

Who is this programme for?

Staff who want to develop high-level influencing skills to bring about change, in any sector:

  • Policy officer in a charity, local government, public service, trades union or think-tank
  • Advocacy staff, campaigners and lobbyists in any sector
  • Assistant, special adviser or researcher for an MP, local councillor or other elected post
  • Corporate social responsibility (CSR) manager in a company, public utility or service
  • Community, outreach or youth worker with a brief to engage and empower people

People who join this programme:

  • Want to make a difference in the world
  • Can commit to six to eight hours of learning a week (on average) over 18 months
  • Can use new knowledge and skills for change in their work
  • Have support from their employer and line manager

Benefits

This will be useful for experienced and new staff. It will provide new tools, views, contacts and opportunities to develop skills for change within organisations and society.

It will enable participants to develop mutual support and work on challenges of all kinds.

Experienced influencers can also take the trainer of trainers track to extend their skills to facilitate the programme in future.

What will it cost?

The Apprenticeship Levy means that this is available at little or no cost to your organisation:

  • Organisations with a payroll over £3 million a year (more than 100 staff) can use their Apprentice Levy.
  • Organisations with a payroll under £3 million can get a 90% government grant.

We can talk you through how it works and how to apply.

The actual cost will be £5,000 – £9,000, depending on whether you do Level 3 or 5, and the number of participants from the same organisation. It can be entirely funded from the Apprenticeship Levy for large organisations. Smaller organisations may qualify for a 90% government grant.

Want to find out more?

Contact us to discuss your organisation’s needs and find out if Happy’s Leading Change Apprenticeship is right for you…

Levels

We aim to make the Leading Change programme available at three levels:

 

Team Leader (Level 3)

Will be able to organise and lead campaigns or social change projects

Average six hours a week active learning (370 hours over 60 weeks)

System Leader (Level 5)

Will be able to initiate, influence or lead systemic change.

About 8.5 hours a week of active learning (512 hours over 60 weeks)

Trainer of Trainers (Level 5+)

Will be able to initiate, influence or lead systemic change

About 8.5 hours a week active learning (512 hours over 60 weeks) plus an additional twelve days plus practice (TBC)

Active learning includes preparation, workshops, groups work, projects, study and coaching.

Time commitment

The programme will take 18 months (60 working weeks). We aim to start with the first cohort as soon as possible after Jan 2018, depending on recruitment. Dates to be confirmed.

Participants will spend an average of 6 to 9 hours a week active learning, depending on level. This will include:

  • 2 – 6 hours preparation, reflection or follow-up every week (120 – 360 hours)
  • At least four blocks of two 7-hour days (c. 56 hours)
  • 10 whole or half day workshops and master classes (c. 50 – 70 hours)
  • 10 – 15 action-learning sessions of one – two hours each (c. 20 – 30 hours)
  • Between 30 and 120 minutes peer learning and support per week (c. 80 hours)

The exact pattern of training days, workshops, coaching, reading, online research and other learning activities will depend on the needs and experience of people on the course. Participants will also develop their skills and knowledge through projects which are part of their everyday work. We expect participants will achieve objectives at work quicker and better with the learning and support from this programme at it progresses.

Outcomes

By the end of the programme, participants will have

  • achieved tangible change they can be proud of;
  • a clear vision and strategy for how to bring about long-term change
  • deeper knowledge and understanding of issues that concern them;
  • a wide range of methods for organising and influencing to bring about lasting change
  • a network of contacts to support them in future
  • confidence and ability to set goals and achieve their aims

Participants will be able to:

  • Plan for and bring about change by influencing others.
  • Develop a Theory of Change and strategy for a campaign or change project
  • Analyse systems and power structures to identify levers for change
  • Develop and deliver SMART objectives at all stages of the process
  • Design and use a robust plan for monitoring, evaluation and learning
  • Use analysis and planning tools to accelerate outcomes
  • Use the full range of experience, knowledge and resources available

Participants will develop transferable skills to lead or manage team work, plan projects and carry them out, manage finances and resources, and recruit, coach and support people.

Team Leader (L3) – will be able to organise and lead campaigns or social change projects

System Leader (L5) – will be able to initiate, influence or lead systemic change

Trainer of trainers (L5+) – will be able facilitate learning for change, lead workshops and contribute to future Leading Change programmes.